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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2018
    Mass Relay - Star Born

    Mass Relay - Star Born

    Mass Relay
    Star Born
    Label: Daly City Records

    Futuristic electronic soundscapes snap and sparkle with funky punches, glitch hop gurgles and bubbling rhythms when this duo flexes their festival ready improvisational IDM skills on this 7 track release. Protruding soni-scapes are fed compelling guitar lines and thick beats that in turn shiver the rhythms with funky blues and rockin interlludes.

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    Planewalker - Planes of Consciousness

    Planewalker - Planes of Consciousness

    Planewalker
    Planes of Consciousness
    Label: Street Ritual

    Weaving mystical rhythms and sacred invocations into tribal electronica propels this journey of higher ‘Planes of Consciousness’. Displaying great production and a diverse eclectic otherworldly musical perspective complete with deep bass lines and an occasional mantra are what create the need for repeated plays.

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    Heilung - Lifa

    Heilung - Lifa

    Heilung
    Lifa
    Label: Season of Mist

    Neofolk can take on many forms, but few are as decorated and enthralling as the spectacle that is Heilung. Lifa was recorded live at Castlefest 2017 and is the auditory compliment to the truly transformative performance given there. Throat singing, drumming, chanting and exquisite attire create a compelling Viking visage and platform for this music and group as they transport you through time and space with their bleak ritualistic ambiance and spiritual drone.

     

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    Spirit Travelers - Origin

    Spirit Travelers - Origin

    Spirit Travelers
    Origin
    Label: Altar Records

    Combining the ancient wisdom of Hindu Gods into psychedelic music isn’t just for anyone, but in the capable hands of world traveled musical veterans Eric Mandala and Joseph A. Ruel it becomes a treat for the ears. Utilizing ethnic instrumentation to bolster digital rhythms and chill-step approaches this duo from Canada tops their delicacies with sacred chants, mantras and tribal pulsations.

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    Datsik - Master of Shadows

    Datsik - Master of Shadows

    Datsik
    Master of Shadows
    Label: Firepower Records

    Ninja dubstep DJ and producer Datsik is back on the attack with a fast punching EP set to take the scene by storm!  This high velocity release features collaborations with Excision, Dion Timmer, Virtual Riot, Ganja White Night and J Phelpz, so there is a lot of range and diversity within the spotlight. A great way to set your spring on fire! (9) Don your kimono and come experience his Ninja Nation tour on 3/13 at Orpheum Theater in Madison, WI with Space Jesus, Riot Ten and Carbin.

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    Don Diablo - Future

    Don Diablo - Future

    Don Diablo
    Future
    Label: Hexagon

    For his second studio album, the highly ranked, hit spinning, widely regarded Dutch DJ Don Diablo dishes out a sizzling selection of anthems and dance floor smashes that for years to come are destined to be shaking everything from house parties to the main stages of the many festivals he has graduated to. Released on his own Hexagon label, this freshly dressed musical force also offers up his self designed merchandise to go along with Hexagon and the new Future to dominate stylistically as well as musically. Top knotch!

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    Art Paul Schlosser and Friends - Duet Right

    Art Paul Schlosser and Friends - Duet Right

    Art Paul Schlosser and Friends
    Duet Right
    Label: Art Paul Schlosser

    What could be better than a new Art Paul Schlosser record? An Art Paul record with 26 songs harnessing more than that many of his friends!  Recorded in various studios at various times, with wildly varying degrees of production, this long time Madison musician, often seen playing on street corners with his acoustic guitar and kazoo, shows off many of his tried and true “hits” here including Cookie, Bubbles, Purple Bananas on the Moon, Pink Pants and I Want To Hold Your Toe. Always eclectic, off the wall and never boring!

    Art Paul Schlosser and Friends WebsiteArt Paul Schlosser and Friends FacebookArt Paul Schlosser and Friends Wiki

    Opiuo - SYZYGY 01

    Opiuo - SYZYGY 01

    Opiuo
    SYZYGY 01
    Label: Slurp Music

    This 5 song EP has reinvigorated my love for the New Zealand born DJ, Opiuo! Offering a varied selection of his award winning electro funk styles and swampy bass beat approaches, it serves as a great launch for his summer US tour, specifically his appearance on 4/21 at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado which will feature an exclusive live performance with a 20-piece orchestral set, the Syzygy Orchestra.

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    Grouch in Dub - Grouch in Dub

    Grouch in Dub - Grouch in Dub

    Grouch in Dub
    Grouch in Dub
    Label: Shanti Planti

    Globe trotting New Zealand electronic producer Grouch (Oscar Allison) has tested and tried many styles and genres of music, but with Grouch in Dub he has really hit his stride. Harnessing a number of guest collaborators who inject everything from vocals, trumpet and clarinet to violin, sitar and bansuri to his psychedelic dub-tastic mixes, further accentuate his fluid approach, while also fulfilling his live performances.  A sublime offering filled with style and pizzazz.

    Grouch in Dub WebsiteGrouch in Dub Facebook

    Joe Ford - Colours in Sound

    Joe Ford - Colours in Sound

    Joe Ford
    Colours in Sound
    Label: Shogun Audio

    Invigorating glitch hop electronica spiced with vocal segments and compelling beats are what Colours in Sound is all about. Not afraid to drop the beat and keep the show going, this release spans a wide spectrum of styles, while maintaining a very active drum n bass base. Friendly to the ears as well as the dance floor!

    Joe Ford WebsiteJoe Ford Facebook

    Moderator - Sinner’s Syndrome

    Moderator - Sinner’s Syndrome

    Moderator
    Sinner’s Syndrome
    Label: Melting Records

    Clever storytelling samples that unhinge deeper philosophical ideas and questions, haunting musical diasporas, and psyched out retro waves are a few of the many noteworthy aspects of this excellent release from Athens, Greece producer, Moderator. Propelled as well by twangy rockabilly, spaghetti western bumps and smokey blues played over often downtempo beats, there are so many aspects and angles to be found here that it is hard to encapsulate them all.

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    MITIS - ‘Till The End

    MITIS - ‘Till The End

    MITIS
    ‘Till The End
    Label: Seeking Blue Records

    After MitiS’ hard drive crashed without a backup 6 months or so ago, he was forced to redo most of what would become “Till The End. Rather than be defeated, this catalyst gave him the drive and desire to create one of the most amazing EDM releases of the year to date! His resulting approach has lots of attention to details woven into a timeless tapestry of melodic electronica. Additionally, he ups that anti by adding vocalists Gioto, Adara, Tedy, Lauren Hunter, PartyNails, and PRXZM to his mixes. Bravo!

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